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Discover the ancient culture of Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Mexico

At the peak of its existence, the Maya civilisation was the most densely populated and culturally diverse society in the world.

They developed the previously basic ideas of mathematics and astronomical systems and were the first pre-Columbian American people to invent a complete written language. The Maya reigned supreme over what we know today as Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and the southern states of Mexico.

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Our knowledgeable specialists can create a unique itinerary that visits the very best historic sites, along with a few places that you might not have known about. We've suggested a couple of sites below to help you get started.

Located in the Peten Basin region of northern Guatemala, Tikal was one of the largest Mayan cities and an important economical and political centre during the height of the Classic Period (200 – 900 AD). Today, the towering limestone temples and palaces still stand in all their glory, paying testament to the power and wealth of this great civilisation and offering a wonderful glimpse into Maya history for visitors from around the world.

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Much smaller in size to the great cities of Tikal and Copan, Palenque lies on a gently sloping hillside overlooking sweeping, dense jungle in the Chiapas region of Mexico. Despite its small scale, Palenque offers a huge wealth of remarkably preserved temples, palaces, pyramids and tombs, including that of the powerful ruler Pacal The Great.

Contact us to find out more about how we can create a personalised itinerary for you, including a visit to these sites. Or take a look at our suggested itineraries below, which can all be tailored to suit your own personal taste and budget.

Suggested Central America itineraries

Keel-billed Toucan, Belize

Simply Belize: Jungle & beach

10 days from £3,120pp

Explore the beautiful Cayo district and relax on the stunning beaches of Ambergris Caye on this comfortable short trip to Belize.

Cayo District, Belize

Guatemala and Belize Uncovered

14 days from £4,360pp

A classic two week trip to Guatemala and Belize, including time in Antigua, Lake Atitlan and a visit to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, before heading to the lush Cayo district and relaxing in Ambergris Caye.